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Message Board > Miscellaneous > Does Amazon.com have sales ? ( Moderated by Deepika, EleanorSews, CynthiaSue)

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Date: 7/16/12 11:47 AM

Does anyone know does Amazon.com have sales on items? I have only shopped with them a few times for books. We found a couple of things there that we would like but DH says wait til it goes on sale at a lower price. Do they do sales ?
Anyone know? How do you know if it does go on sale?

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Date: 7/16/12 11:51 AM

If it's used, you might be able to see if people will list their item at a lower price point but make sure it's got all of the pages, patterns, etc. in the book and they tell you in their listing.

I've never encountered a sale. I have put items in my cart, or wait for later cart, and then followed it to see if the price decreases or increases. I decide to buy when I feel comfortable, really want it, or think it won't get any lower.

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Date: 7/16/12 12:49 PM

I never pay full price for books, so if your question about them going on sale is how can you get them for a cheaper price, you've come to the right place.

If you do a search on Amazon for the book you want, there are several listings from booksellers that will sell them to you for a fraction of the cost. These are listed under "More Buying Choices". Some of these books are brand new and the bookseller wants to unload them, and some are used; look at the descriptions to get a better idea.

Also there are several other sites that have used and new books for sale at a reduced cost. They are Half.com, Alibris.com and Hamiltonbooks.com Hamilton will send you via USPS a quarterly catalog with a flat rate shipping fee of $5.00 no matter how many books you buy, if you order from their quarterly catalog.

I really like purchasing books this way; I'm not only saving money but I'm also saving the planet by buying something that is in good used condition that someone no longer wants.

Also, I've sold books on these sites as well, in my attempt to "share the wealth". Then of course there are the classifieds here on PR to sell; that's a great avenue!

EDITED TO ADD: Amazon has a Wishlist, as well as Hamilton, that you can put books into that you wish. Then when you purchase them, they are deducted from your wishlist. This is a great way to reduce impulse buying because you can leave books on your Wishlist indefinitely, as long as you update your list when requested.
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Date: 7/16/12 6:21 PM

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I really like purchasing books this way; I'm not only saving money but I'm also saving the planet by buying something that is in good used condition that someone no longer wants.

... The downside being, of course, that the author gets no royalties for secondhand sales. (I buy a ton of used books, too--but when I find an author I really like, I prefer to support her career by buying new.)

I don't think Amazon has "sales," exactly--but their prices fluctuate a lot. The easiest way to see when a price drops is to add it to your shopping cart. You'll get frequent notices (not by email; you must visit your cart) of price changes. USUALLY prices go down, but sometimes not (we bought a camera two weeks ago that jumped up in price $50 the next day. Lucky us!!). We keep a running cart at Amazon, since shipping is free once you reach $25 on qualified items (which is practically everything sold from/shipped by Amazon). It's really easy to do, and you have the option to keep things in your cart, or click "save for later," and they'll still be there to remind you and update you about pricing, but without being included in the running tab. That was sort of hard to explain--the easiest way to understand is just to go add two things to your cart, then click "save for later" on one of them to see what happens. Easy-peasy, unbelievably convenient, and not remotely surprising that they're running everyone else out of business.

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Date: 7/16/12 6:48 PM

Not exactly. In other words, there is no way to know when a price will drop, but the prices do drop occasionally with the decrease considerable at times. You just have to watch AND it depends on the item.

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Date: 7/17/12 9:18 AM

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... The downside being, of course, that the author gets no royalties for secondhand sales.
Hmmm. I didn't know this...

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Date: 7/17/12 12:54 PM

Amazon does have sales!

There is a free Amazon price-tracker called camelcamelcamel.com that will give you pricing history as well as price change alerts for items on Amazon. It is particularly useful around Christmas when Amazon has a lot of specials, but I use it year-round. The price history is especially useful to see if you are paying a good price or if the price has increased recently.

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Date: 7/20/12 9:08 AM

Thank you everyone! .... Actually I have ordered a couple of hard to find kitchen items in addition to books from Amazon.
I will check into some of the options mentioned here.
Wish I knew where to find the foil/parchment paper besides Amazon. I have not found it at any stores here.
Of course, it is primary a great book store for me........... I miss Borders... sniff sniff....

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Date: 7/20/12 12:13 PM

I miss Borders, too. And as an author, I'm not *supposed* to like Amazon, because they're destroying independent booksellers, etc... sigh. But I've been an Amazon shopper since they WERE "the little guy--" one guy in Seattle selling books out of his garage. As an author, I like NOT being bombarded by all the bestsellers B&N is stocking and promoting (instead of my books! LOL), and as a consumer, I like that I can always, always, always find books *I* want to read--not just the books the booksellers are trying to sell. I know that's not the way it's "supposed" to be, but that's my honest experience.

(And Kitty, don't feel bad--I just in the last ten minutes ordered a $1.00 copy of one of my favorite books by my favorite authors, because I'm sending the hardcover first edition I payed full price for to a friend, and I still want my own copy!)

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